On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato si’, the Holy Father proclaim a year dedicated to the care of the Common House (24 May 2020 - 24 May 2021). The Pontifical Gregorian University continues - together with the Pontifical Universities of Rome - in its formative commitment by launching the fourth edition of the Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology. This course of study, annual and open to all, aims to promote the message of the encyclical to generate awareness, encouraging and supporting its participants in launching personal and community initiatives for the care of the Common House.
The Joint Diploma takes place over the course of an academic year (November 2020 - June 2021) and is divided into six modules, corresponding to the six chapters of the Laudato si’. Each module includes two subsections to cover all areas related to current ecological challenges - from theology to philosophy, from economics to socio-cultural and political issues, from scientific analysis to faith and spirituality.
The lectures take place in the seven Pontifical Universities located in the centre of Rome (Pontifical Gregorian University; Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum; Pontifical University of the Holy Cross; Pontifical Urbanian University; Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum; Pontifical Lateran University; Pontifical Antonianum University). In addition to the lectures, students are required to participate in the Conference and the planned Workshop. In view of the present health emergency, students are invited to agree on their own form of participation by contacting the address: [email protected]
In recent years the Joint Diploma has attracted students and professionals from very different backgrounds. In fact, it is aimed at all those who are interested in raising awareness of the care of the Common House: catechists, pastoral workers, youth group leaders, volunteers, social and cultural workers, intercultural and communication mediators, students from the various pontifical faculties and institutes of religious sciences, priests and religious.
Addressees and requirements
The Joint Diploma is addressed to students of the various pontifical faculties and institutes of religious sciences; to members of the various religious orders and congregations; to priests of the diocese of Rome and beyond. The Joint Diploma is also open to catechists, pastoral personnel in the various parishes, youth group leaders, volunteers, social and cultural operators, intercultural and communication mediators, and to those who are interested in raising awareness of the care of the Common House. A Bachelor's degree or even a high school diploma is required.
Online registration is open from August 24th to November 11th, 2020 on www.unigre.it. The registration fee to be paid by bank transfer is € 100 for students already enrolled in a pontifical faculty that adheres to the initiative, and € 305 for external students. The administrative-academic seat of the Joint Diploma is at the Registrar's Office of the Pontifical Gregorian University (Piazza della Pilotta, 4 – 00187 Roma – Ph. +39 06.67011).
Dates and timetables
Classes will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 3.00 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. Students must also participate in a Round Table and a Laboratory for the purpose of research on Laudato Si' topics, as well as write a short essay on one of the subject matter dealt with during the lessons. The Joint Diploma ends with the final exam (Lectio coram).
The candidates who have successfully completed the course will be awarded Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology, signed by the President of the Conference of Rectors of Universities and Pontifical Universities adhering to the initiative of the Alliance Laudato si' for the care of the Common House.